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The schedule really thins out on the NFHS Network this week, with most of the action limited to league tournament contests and some regular season football. But these are big games worth checking out, and that subscription you purchase now will also give you access to CIAC Tournament games in the coming weeks, including exclusive coverage of the CIAC finals. Check out all the upcoming and live events here https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/CIAC or go to the landing page for your favorite team. Here are a few selections to watch this week, and remember a one-month membership to view all these games and more is just $9.99. All photos courtesy of MaxPreps.
Monday, 10/29, RHAM vs. Enfield girls soccer, 6 p.m.: One varsity game on the Network schedule for Monday night, and it is a good CCC girls soccer match-up with Enfield hosting RHAM in the regular-season finale for both teams. RHAM has produced a very strong regular season with a mark of 11-3-1 that has them lined up for a high seed in the upcoming CIAC Class L Tournament. The team features a potent offense that has scored two or more goals in 12 of the teams’ 15 matches. At 7-8 overall Enfield will qualify for CIAC postseason play even with a loss, but a win would help boost them up and improve the chances of missing a very highly-seeded team in the opening round. RHAM claimed a 4-1 victory in the first meeting this season between the two teams and the home finale for Enfield will be the last home game for 10 seniors on the roster.
Tuesday, 10/30, Amity vs. Shelton girls soccer, 6:30 p.m.: Tuesday night provides a handful of league tournament contests to watch, including this SCC girls soccer semifinal between Amity and host Shelton. Shelton has put together an impressive regular season with a record of 14-1-1, including a 3-0 win on the road against Amity in the regular season. Shelton earned its spot in the semifinals with an overtime win over Cheshire in the SCC quarterfinals, while the third-seed Amity got past Daniel Hand by a single goal — avenging a 4-0 loss to Hand from the final week of the regular season. Amity was 12-3-1 during the regular season and was a good road team during the year with a record of 5-2. There will also be an SCC girls volleyball quarterfinal, a SWC girls soccer semifinal, and possibly the other SCC girls soccer semifinal also available on the Network on Tuesday.
Wednesday, 10/31. E.O. Smith vs. Enfield field hockey, 3:45 p.m.: Only one varsity game on the schedule for Wednesday (although league tournament games might pop up) and it is the regular season finale for E.O. Smith and Enfield field hockey. Check this one out in the late afternoon and still have plenty of time to head out trick-or-treating. Enfield has put together one of the top seasons in the CCC as it comes into the week at 11-1-2 with two games on the schedule this week. The team has scored 21 goals in its last five matches — all wins. E.O. Smith will be looking to close its season with a feel-good upset victory and trying to capture its fourth win of the season. The team closes out its home schedule on Tuesday vs. Canton and then travels to take on Enfield in the last game for six seniors.
Thursday, 11/1, Danbury vs. Fairfield Ludlowe, 6 p.m.: Two solid FCIAC teams provide a Thursday night football game for fans as Fairfield Ludlowe hosts Danbury. Both teams are sitting on the right side of .500 with Danbury at 4-3 and Ludlowe at 5-2 coming into the contest. After consecutive losses, Danbury bounced back with a road win over Norwalk last weekend. The Hatters have been a solid offensive team all season, posting 26 or more points in five of seven games. Fairfield Ludlowe will be trying to shake off a tough loss against league-leading Greenwich last weekend and continue what has been one of its better seasons in recent memory. Ludlowe is a perfect 3-0 on its home field for the season, including a thrilling one-point win over Norwalk in week 3. Fans may also be able to watch the SCC boys and girls soccer finals at West Haven on Thursday night.
Friday, 11/2, Hillhouse vs. West Haven, 7 p.m.: A pair of perennial Connecticut high school football powers square off to highlight a Friday night with six football games streaming live on the NFHS Network. Both teams are not enjoying their traditional success this season, but a win this week could help spring them into a strong close to the season. Hillhouse seems poised to continue its mid-season run; after opening the year 0-5 the team has rattled off a pair of victories. The first win was highlighted by a stingy defense while the second saw the offense explode for 42 points. West Haven has been on the short end of some one-score games as two of its three losses have been by a touchdown or less. With some big games remaining on the schedule for the final few weeks, a win and some momentum could make West Haven a big factor in how the postseason shakes out in Class LL.
Saturday, 11/3, Volleyball finals TBD: Saturday offers the possibility of catching the league volleyball championships in the FCIAC, SCC, and SWC. The FCIAC finals will be hosted by Fairfield Ludlowe, the SCC by CIAC championship site East Haven, and the SWC at a TBD site. There is a possibility all three venues will be broadcasting the finals live on the NFHS Network, so check back for updates. There is also a varsity football game on the schedule for Saturday as Notre Dame-West Haven hosts league rival Wilbur Cross.